fu·​sil·​lade | \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd How to pronounce fusillade (audio) , -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə- \

Definition of fusillade

1a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
b : something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism

Examples of fusillade in a Sentence

A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial
Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, Sacramento police said that a preliminary investigation suggested at least five shooters may have been involved Sunday in unleashing the fusillade of bullets that struck 18 people, six of them fatally. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 What can government agencies and businesses do to prepare for a fusillade of attacks? Danny Lopez, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Near the ring road that surrounds the capital, trucks with rocket launchers parked in fields and released a fusillade toward Russian forces’ position to the northwest. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Initial reports said a vicious firefight followed the blast, as surviving Marines defended themselves from militants who unleashed a fusillade of gunfire. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 21 Jan. 2022 Medicare, the federal insurance system with 64 million older or disabled Americans, was not included in the order, and the absence has triggered a fusillade of complaints. Amy Goldstein And Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2022 That’s also true in Radu Jude’s angry, funny culture-war fusillade, but for epidemiological rather than aesthetic reasons. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 In most versions of the source myth, Orpheus is an artist/hero, strapping on his lyre like an AK-47 and charging into the mouth of hell to rescue his beloved wife Eurydice with a fusillade of irresistible music. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 June 7, 2021, as Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial in the death of Mallory Beach, a fusillade of gunfire erupted on the Murdaugh family estate. CBS News, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fusillade

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fusillade

borrowed from French, from fusiller "to shoot with a musket volley" (from fusil fusil entry 2 + -iller, causative prefix, going back to Latin -iculāre, derivative of -iculum, instrumental and diminutive suffix) + -ade -ade

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15 May 2022

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“Fusillade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusillade. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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